How to Prevent Your Kitchen Sink from Clogging

After a long day at work and coming home to cook dinner, there is nothing worse than discovering your garbage disposal is clogged. None of the food you put down it is passing through the drain, and you’re left with tepid water in both sides of your sink. This problem is entirely preventable should you maintain your sink drain regularly.

Cleaning Your Sink

To keep your kitchen sink plumbing functioning optimally, you need to make a habit of cleaning your sink regularly. Cleaning your sink and disposal is fairly easy and can be done without using harmful cleaners or chemicals.

What You Need

  • Liquid dish soap
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Sea salt
  • Lemon (or lime)
  • Ice
  • Old toothbrush
  • Soft sponge

What to do:

For daily cleaning, use soap and a nylon sponge or rag to wipe down your sink. Be sure to avoid ammonia, bleach, or other abrasive cleaners on stainless steel. These can tarnish your sink’s finish.

For a deep cleaning:

  1. Wash out your sink and sprinkle baking soda on it.
  2. Scrub it until it becomes a paste.
  3. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes until it settles in and then rise with warm water.

Cleaning Your Garbage Disposal

Regularly cleaning your garbage disposal is imperative to break up food that has accumulated down there, especially grease and pasta. This will prevent what everyone dreads—a clogged kitchen sink.

What to do:

  1. Put a half cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar down the sink and let sit until it fizzes.
  2. Boil water on your stove and then pour it down while the baking soda and vinegar fizz together.
  3. Add ice to the sink and run your garbage disposal until it fully grinds the ice. (You can add salt to help break up the ice.)
  4. Some people like to add chopped lemon or lime halves to the sink while the disposal runs. This helps your sink smell fresh and clean!

Prevent Your Sink from Clogging

There are several steps you can also take to prevent future sink clogging after each use.

Be careful what you put down there!

No-No’s: cooking grease, coffee grounds, anything stringy (banana peels, raw meat, etc.), potatoes, and pasta (which expands in water).

Use cold water!

Also, run cold water while you are grinding food waste, and keep it running a few seconds after you use the disposal. The cold water helps the grease in the sink solidify and break into smaller pieces. A tip for grease: put it in an old coffee container and then throw it in the trash. Whatever you do, keep grease out of your sink!

Clean every night!

Even if you’re exhausted, try to clean your sink habitually. Don’t let junk sit in your disposal overnight—it’s smelly and can cause a buildup.

These tips should help keep your garbage disposal smelling fresh and keep it running optimally. If you take care of your sink and garbage disposal, you’re less likely to need a kitchen plumbing repair. And, you can extend its lifespan. In the unfortunate case that you have a clogged sink, it is best to call a plumbing company to take care of it. We know the hassle and inconvenience having a clogged sink is and can help you with this plumbing repair in no time.

Thanksgiving Day Preventative Plumbing Maintenance

THE DAY OF (AND AFTER) THANKSGIVING IS ONE OF THE TWO BIGGEST DAYS OF THE YEAR FOR PLUMBING PROBLEMS.

Overloaded garbage disposals and overused dishwashers during the holiday season cause break downs at crucial times. Now is the perfect time to do some preventative maintenance to help ease this holiday season stress, and un not when your home is full of guests.

The most common plumbing breakdown during the holidays is blamed on the garbage disposer. Consider having you kitchen drain line snaked approximately every two years as preventaive maintenance. If your food waste disposer is over 7 years old it might be beneficial to consider having it replaced. The money is saves in plugged up drains may be well worth it.

HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL HINTS TO KEEP YOUR HOLIDAYS HAPPY AND STRESS FREE

  • Hot water is needed for your dishwasher to clean and sanitize your dishes properly. In some cases it may take some time to get hot water to your dishwasher. Try turning your kitchen faucet on until hot water is flowing steadily, then your dishwasher is ready for optimal use.
  •  Turn on a medium to strong cold-water flow before you start your disposal. Continue running the cold water for approximately 15 seconds after grinding has ceases to flush the drain line and the disposer free from food particles.
  • Do not put liquid far down the drain.
  •  Never put large bones in the disposal and if possible throw all bones in the trash.

Following these helpful tips will help reduce you plumbing repair cost.

We will be open Thanksgiving Day to service you!

Met Plumbing, Your Local Katy Plumbing Company, Wishes you a safe & wonderful, stress free holiday season.